The Louisiana Medicaid program also covers women who are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer with a full range of benefits, which naturally includes treatment. Working in conjunction with a screening program, the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP), Medicaid provides those who have been diagnosed with cancer of the breast or cervix, or a precancerous condition, with essential coverage to handle the disease. Once screened and diagnosed, women have access to all types of services through the Medicaid program not related to cancer treatment as long as they are receiving treatment. When cancer treatment is no longer needed, your benefits will end. This program helps women without health insurance, or who have coverage that will not cover cancer services, get well and return to normalcy.
LBCHP is offered to women age 40 and older who have limited access to screening services, and a low to moderate income level. They specialize in early detection services for women who have not had such an exam in the last five years or longer, though they will accept anyone within the income and age range. Women must have an income less than or equal to 200 percent of Federal Poverty Level to be considered for the program, and be residents of Louisiana who plan to stay in the state. LBCHP services are offered to women who live in Greater New Orleans, Greater Baton Rouge, River Region, Southwest Louisiana, Northwest Louisiana, and Northeast Louisiana.
Breast & Cervical Cancer Program Eligibility
Living in Louisiana, being the right age, and having an income within range is all you need to qualify for LBCHP, and Louisiana Medicaid’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident to qualify, and between ages 40 and 65, and uninsured or underinsured. Below are the current guidelines for women with income up to 200 percent of FPL.
Family of 1: $1,862 monthly, $22,340 yearly
Family of 2: $2,522 monthly, $30,260 yearly
Family of 3: $3,182 monthly, $38,180 yearly
Family of 4: $3,842 monthly, $46,100 yearly
Family of 5: $4,501 monthly, $54,020 yearly
Family of 6: $5,162 monthly, $61,940 yearly
Family of 7: $5,822 monthly, $69,860 yearly
Family of 8: $6,482 monthly, $77,780 yearly
Add $660 for each additional member in households over 8 persons.
Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program
If found eligible for screening services, women age 40-49 will have access to pelvic exams, Pap tests, and clinical breast exams, unless they are determined to have symptoms of breast cancer, in which case they can receive a diagnostic mammogram. Women age 50-64 will receive all of the above services and a clinical mammogram as their age places them at a higher risk.
All services covered by the Medicaid program, including preventive care, hospital services, surgery, prescriptions, medical supplies, and doctor’s office visits, are covered. Any cancer-related treatment necessary will also be included at no cost.
How to Apply
First, you may call the LSU Health Sciences Center Breast and Cervical Health Program at 888-599-1073 to find out if you are eligible for screening benefits. If you have been diagnosed by LBCHP with breast or cervical caner or a precancerous condition, your results and an application may be sent to your local Medicaid office. You may fill out a form online, or complete a paper application and fax or mail it in. You can locate your nearest Medicaid office by visiting the DHHS Medicaid site.
1. Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program. “Services.” http://labchp.lsuhsc.edu/Services.htm.
2. March 2009. Department of Health & Hospitals. “Louisiana Medicaid’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.” PDF.